A would-be social worker who doesn’t think gays should be foster parents has won her free-speech case at Missouri State, reports the Kansas City Star. Emily Brooker refused to sign a letter written by her social work professor supporting gays as foster parents, saying it violated her Christian beliefs, the law suit alleged. Brooker agreed to do a project on a different subject.
According to the lawsuit, a grievance filed against Brooker claimed she violated three standards that are to be maintained by students in the School of Social Work: diversity, interpersonal skills and professional behavior. Brooker was told her religious beliefs conflicted with the National Association of Social Workers’ code of ethics. As a condition for graduation, the lawsuit alleged, Brooker was made to sign a contract requiring her to conform to that code even though she objected to the contract.
Brooker got $9,00 and two free years of graduate school. The professor “voluntarily gave up his post as director of the master of social work program and was reassigned to nonclassroom duties.” MSU President Michael) Neitzel will “evaluate Missouri State’s social work program and do a more effective job implementing university policies on freedom of speech and expression on campus,” the Star reports. A quick and complete cave-in.
Update: Academic dishonesty is another issue, writes Eugene Volokh.